Thomas Pettit born circa 1598 and died in the spring of 1663.
He was known as Col. Thomas Pettit of "Littletown", James City, VA.
Thomas Pettit came to America about 1637; he married Katherine, daughter of Major George & Eleanor Morris before 1643. Besides his daughter Dorothy, Thomas and Katherine had a son, Capt. Thomas Pettit "born posthumously in the Spring after the death of his father vizt. April or May 1664. [confirmed below]
p. 344 KNOW ALL MEN that I KATHERINE PETTIT of the County of Rappa. Widdow do give & make over from ... (missing) day of the the date hereof unto my Son THOMAS PETTIT one black heiffer comonly called Marton & now about fifteen months old marked with two swallow forks & a nick under each ear together with all femal increase from this time forwads until my sd Son shall be twelve years old & after he shall be of the aforesd age of twelve years I do hereby give unto my sd Son the increase both maile & female to him & his heirs for ever in Testimony I set my hand this 3 of June 1665 (OLD RAPPAHANNOCK COUNTY DEED BOOK 1656-1664 PART II.
Following the death of Thomas Pettit, Sr., Katherine (Morris) Pettit married (2) John Longe of King and Queen county. Child of this marriage was Catherine Longe born circa 1668.
The will of Thomas Pettit of Farnham Parish, Rappahannock was dated September 23, 1663 and proved January 7, 1664. This will mentions his wife Katherine and daughter Dorothy. This will was originally recorded in a record book now missing but was re-recorded at the request of Thomas Games (Gaines) on March 11, 1694. Thomas Games (Gaines) married Katherine (Morris) Pettit Long as her third husband. Child of this marriage was Ann Games (Gaines) born circa 1678.
Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, Volume I - III
pg. 408, Att a Grand Assembly, Held att James Citty (sic), March 31, 1655. Ordered the Governour and Councill be as followeth:
Coll. Wm. Clayborne, Secretary and next in Council.
pg. 411, (March, 1654-5---6th of Commonwealth)
BE it enacted ... That all Irish servants that from the first of September, 1653, have bin brought into this collony without indenture ... shall serve as followeth, (vizt.) all above sixteen eares old to serve six years, and all under to serve till they be twenty-four years old ...
pg. 414, At a Grand Assembly, Held at James Citty by Prorogation from the 10th of March, 1655 to this Instant, First of December, 1656, Wherein was Inacted as followeth.
VIRGINIANS ALONG AND NEAR THE LOWER RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER 1607-1799
pg 154 Moore
Pettit, Thomas* - 23 September 1663; 7 June 1665
I Thomas Pettit of ye County of Rappa. and in ye parish of ffarnham being in a Weak Estate of body but in perfect mind & Memory make this my last Will & Testament, first I bequeath my soul unto Almighty God & my body unto ye ground to be buried with assured belief of the Resurection and that after this life my Soul & body shall be united in one & enjoy that Eternall bliss where my Redemer liveth, First I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Dorothy** three ffemale Cattle, one Cow name Cherry, and two heifers Comonly called by ye name of Goodluck, & Slow them & their Increase, I give unto my aforesd, Daughter & her heirs for Ever but ye Male to remaine to those that look after them until she come of age I do also give and bequeath all my Land yt is Really mine yt is to say a pattent of one hundred acres adjoinging to ye Land I now live on ye which Land encludes two hundred & Eighty acres by conveyance specified this Land heretofore mentioned my aforesaid Daughter Dorothy** is to have when she cometh to age for her & her heirs for Ever, and in case of ye death of my aforesd. Daughter Dorothy before she cometh to Enjoy this Land according to ye term of my will then the sd Land here given unto my Daughter to my Wife Katherine for her & her heirs for Ever & in ye meantime untill my Daughter be of age as aforesd. my wife Katherine to inherit & enjoy for her use in every kind whatsoever not destroying any timber nor to make sale nor diminsh any more than what shall go for ye use of her own housing and Cropps & likewise I doe also include that in case my wife Katherine aforesd. keep her self a Widow that she shall freely and wholly enjoy the Land with the proffits thereof according to ye tenor aforesd. during her life I do also give & bequeath unto my Wife after my Death my debts Satisfyed all ye rest of my personal Estate both within doors & without unto her & her hrs for Ever I doe also here ordaine and apoint my friend Nicholas White and my friend Thomas Cooper overseers of this my last will & Testament ye day & year above written
Robert Davis Cl. Cur.
A true copy THOS. New Dep. Cl.
Test Francis Meriwherther Cl. Cur. Page 33.
**Married (1) 1675, James Fugett; (2) Godfrey Stanton
Thomas Pettit, the son, born after the death of his father, was not entitled to any legacy by his father's will. Major George Morris, his maternal grandfather, was an early surveyor and is prominently mentioned in the ancient records. He patented thousands of acres of land in Rappahannock and New Kent counties. Major George Morris and Mr. John Long received a land patent for 1600 acres on July 29, 1667 (Land Patent Book #6, page 158). On April 1, 1685 George Morris of New Kent county conveyed his half interest in this 1600 acres to "Thomas Pettit and unto his sister Mrs. Catherine Longe" (Rappahannock County Record Book #7, page 179).
Major George Morris was anxious to provide for Thomas Pettit, Jr., and his half-sister Catherine Longe (born about 1668), who was a young maiden lady and styled "Mrs." according to the custom of the day. Shortly thereafter she married Edmund Tunstall (1691), and secondly Captain Richard Wyatt (1698).
Children of Catherine (Longe) and Edmund Tunstall:
Children of Catherine (Longe – Tunstall) and Richard Wyatt:
Dorothy Pettit who married first in 1675 to James Fugett (recorded in Book D - 5; page 489 of Index to Marriages of Old Rappahnnock and Essex Counties, Virginia - 1655 to 1900 by Eva Eubank Wilkerson). She married secondly Godfrey Stanton in 1711 (recorded in Land Trials book; page 489 of Index to Marriages of Old Rappahnnock and Essex Counties, Virginia - 1655 to 1900 by Eva Eubank Wilkerson). By deed dated September 1714 Godfrey Stanton and Dorothy his wife deeded 280 acres in Essex county to Thomas Wyatt "our nephew and godson, the son of Richard Wyatt and Catherine his wife of King and Queen county and the Parish of St. Stephens". This instrument recites that this land is a portion of a legacy left the said Dorothy by the last will and testament of her father Thomas Pettit dated September 20, 1663.
Ann Games (Gaines) was given a cow by her sister Dorothy (Pettit) Fugett on December 18, 1679.
Confirmation of this Pettit Arms was received by William Petyt and his brother, Sylvester Petyt, 27 May 1690, descendants of Gilbert Petyt, who died 10 September 1470.
Gilbert, and his brother Michael, were sons of Sir John Pettit [of similar Arms], and his wife Margareta, daughter and co-heir of Thomas Carminow.
Sir John Pettit was a seventh generation descendant of Sir Otes Pettit, Knight, who came into England with William the Conqueror, became lord of Ardover, and married Matilda, daughter and heir of Simons FitzHues.
ARMS - Argent a lion gules, on a canton azure a pheon or.
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